Opening hours

Reading Rooms

Main and Petherick Reading Rooms9.00am-9.00pm9.00am-5.00pm9.00am-5.00pm1.30pm-5.00pm
No collection deliveries or access to special collection material on Sunday.
Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room9.00am-5.00pm9.00am-5.00pm9.00am-5.00pmClosed
Other Reading Rooms - Asian Collections, Maps, Pictures and Manuscripts9.00am-5.00pm9.00am-5.00pmClosedClosed

Exhibition galleries

Treasures Gallery and Exhibitions Gallery10.00am-6.00pm




bookplate café8.30am-6.00pm8.30am-4.00pm10.00am-3.00pm
paperplate café8.30am-3.00pm8.30am-3.00pmClosed

Book delivery to Main and Petherick Reading Rooms

We operate closed book stacks and this means readers can't browse the Library shelves to retrieve material. Instead, readers use the Catalogue to find and order what they need from our collections. That material is then delivered to the relevant reading room within the time frames given in our collection delivery service schedule.


Public holiday opening hours

The Library building is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. Other public holiday opening times are outlined below:

Reading rooms

The Main, Petherick and Newspapers and Microforms Reading Rooms are open from 9.00am-5.00pm on all public holidays except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day.

The Pictures, Manuscripts, Maps and Asian Collections Reading Rooms are closed on all public holidays.


The Treasures Gallery and the Exhibition Gallery are closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. On all other public holidays the Galleries are open from 10.00am–5.00pm.

Foyer, Bookshop and cafés

The Bookshop and Foyer are closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. On all other public holidays the Bookshop and Foyer are open from 9.00am–5.00pm.

The bookplate café is closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Collection delivery service

On public holidays, the collection delivery times are the same as on Saturdays.

2014 Public holidays

  • Tuesday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 27 January - Australia Day (substitute for Saturday 26 January)
  • Monday 10 March - Canberra Day
  • Friday 18 April - Good Friday
  • Saturday 19 April - Easter Saturday
  • Monday 21 April - Easter Monday
  • Friday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 9 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 29 September - Family & Community Day
  • Monday 6 October - Labour Day
  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day